African geese are fair layers but excellent meat birds. They are considered a premier roasting goose and produce lean, high quality meat. Ganders average 22 lbs fully grown while females average 18. They are well known for their docile temperament, though they can be quite loud. The most distinctive characteristic of African geese is their large knob attached to their forehead. This knob needs protection in cold weather as it is prone to frostbite. As they age they develop prominent dewlaps that hang from their lower jaw to upper neck. A correct specimen will have dark brown to orangeish brown legs, a dark brown stripe that runs down the back of their neck, and a band of white feathers that separates the knob and bill from the beak. White African geese have orange knobs, shanks, feet, and beaks.